Tip of the Day – Save Your Pots

Posted on April 14, 2008 by Allie

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If you are planning a garden this year and plan to buy plants at the nursery instead of starting them from seed, you’ll probably bring home a lot of plastic along with your plants.

The best solution is to avoid buying plants that come in plastic pots. Opt for peat pots or other biodegradable pots (like Cow Pots!). But if plastic is your only choice, save them for next year.

I’m growing seedlings in plastic planting containers from last year, and they work just as well as those fancy planting containers you can buy at the store. Make sure to wash out any container you decide to reuse and then you’re good to go.

If you don’t have room to store plant related plastic, look for a way to recycle them. The Earth is Not a Trash Can says recycled plastic pots are being made into landscaping “timbers.”

If you can’t find a local plastic pot recycling program, put up a listing on Freecycle or craigslist. Chances are, a gardener near you will be happy to get their hands them.

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If It Doesn’t Smell, Don’t Wash It

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According to Real Simple, if every American made an effort to launder less — cutting out just one load of laundry a week per household — we’d save enough water to fill seven million swimming pools each year.

So if it looks clean, and it smells clean, call it clean and wear it again. Consider hanging worn clothes out on your clothesline to freshen them up between wearings.


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